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Aqua Skinny Jeans (Burda 7863 with Modifications)

Added Oct 29, 2012

by sarahwau

Perth, Australia






This is my first success sewing a pair of skinny jeans for myself. I would never have considered this pattern if not for reading Handmade by Carolyn’s blog and the lovely jeans she makes from the same pattern. I had tried this pattern once before with some stretch drill fabric but they ended up too small (Luckily for my sister they fit her!). I did several alterations to the pattern including:

drafted a coin pocket (basically a rectangle of fabric sewn onto the pocket piece)
made the legs substantially skinner by tracing my other skinny jeans onto the pattern piece (folding at the seams for front and back)
drafting a fly facing piece as the pattern oddly doesn’t include this
adding length to the waistband to allow for fly facing piece and my podgy waist!!
double stitching the inside instead of the outside leg.
decorative stitching on the back pockets
rivets by copying my other pairs of jeans
changing the belt loops to look more like my other pairs of jeans
I absolutely love my jeans and I’m sure I will get a lot of wear out of them. Coloured stretch denim is extremely hard to find in Perth, Western Australia but I was lucky enough to find this in Spotlight (like Joanne’s) for $4 a metre (I’ve never seen it there before or since). If I can find some more I am sure I will be making more jeans in the future.

Material Notes

Aqua Stretch Denim 1.8m
Silver Jeans Rivets
Silver Metal Trouser Zip (I couldn’t find a light coloured silver jeans zip)
Silver Stud Type button




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Nov 16, 2013, 12.36 PMby shrimpdiablo

    great job! I decided to buy this pattern too. It seems to be the only real ‘skinny jean’ pattern out there. They truly look like skinny jeans on your legs. Great sewing.

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    Nov 5, 2012, 12.02 PMby sarahwau

    Thanks everyone so much for your lovely comments :-)

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    Oct 31, 2012, 07.19 AMby Shira B

    great work! looks lovely on you :)

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    Oct 30, 2012, 10.56 AMby juz

    wow! I’ve been thinking about trying to make some similar jeans recently, and your jeans have inspired me to have a go I think. They look great.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 03.57 AMby freakusbzzz

    They look fantastic, Amazing fit too.

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    Oct 29, 2012, 06.37 PMby frkbustad

    Great results!

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    Oct 29, 2012, 06.04 PMby Mary Athey

    fab jeans and what a great colour x

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    Oct 29, 2012, 02.59 PMby camelia db

    wow, you did a really good job, they look so good on you!, the fit and the colour are great.

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    Oct 29, 2012, 02.56 PMby kihli

    Wow. You did a great job with these, and they fit you so well! Grat color and style!

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    Oct 29, 2012, 01.21 PMby freaky-philomeen

    well done and such a great colour!! good luck with your fabric search ;))

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